HUNTSVILLE — Only one Oneida player scored in double figures during the Lady Indians’ game against Stone Memorial at the Twin K Hall of Fame Classic here Saturday. One was all that needed to.
Kelsey Pike had 34 points to propel Oneida to a 59-46 win over Stone Memorial, as the Lady Indians picked up their first win of the 2021-2022 season.
Pike, widely regarded as the best player in District 3-A basketball, put a stamp on that claim with her performance, which was just one point short of her career high. That was especially true in the third quarter, when Pike scored 14 of her 34 to power a 23-7 run that proved to be the difference in the game.
But Pike, who knocked down two 3-pointers in that third quarter, didn’t stop there. She hit two more treys and scored nine more points in the fourth, making sure that Stone Memorial wasn’t able to mount a comeback attempt.
Braelyn Russ and Rachel Elmore each had eight points for Oneida.
The two teams were tied after the first quarter, and Stone Memorial led by a point at halftime. But the third quarter saw Oneida explode, using the 23-7 run to build a 15-point lead as the fourth quarter began.
At one point in the third quarter, Stone Memorial coach Mike Buck — exasperated by his team’s inability to stop Pike — exclaimed to his players, “We’ve got 28 points and she’s got 29!” That wasn’t exactly accurate; she only had 25 to Stone’s 28 at that point. But it underscored her effectiveness in taking over what was otherwise a close game.
The win over Stone Memorial represented an about-face for Oneida, which opened the day with an 86-60 loss to Powell.
With Marv West frustrated by his team’s effort in the early-morning game, Oneida saw Reagan Trumm put up 34 points while Cassidy Hill added 20.
Impressively, Powell was 18 of 18 from the free throw line, including Trumm’s 12 of 12.
Oneida shot free throws relatively well in its own right, finishing 16 of 24 from the line, but struggled to get stops against the Panthers.
Faith Cross had a career-high 15 points for the Lady Indians. Pike finished with 13, and Elmore had 10.
Oneida was to have traveled to Clarkrange for a non-district matchup on Monday before hosting Harriman on Tuesday for its first home game of the season on Tuesday.